(Baja California Sur, south of Baja California, has also reportedly seen a rise in organized-crime-related violence, as the CJNG moves on the Sinaloa cartel’s interests.) Clashes involving the Sinaloa cartels and CJNG have also stricken parts of Mexico along the Pacific coast.In Guerrero, fighting over lucrative opium and marijuana cultivation and trafficking routes has driven violence up.
As the cartel’s ambitions have grown, however, it seems to have turned its sights on valuable territory held by the Sinaloa cartel.
Earlier this year, reports described low-level clashes in and around Tijuana between elements of the Sinaloa cartel and the CJNG, which has allied with what is left of the Arellano Felix Organization, a criminal group ousted from control of the area by the Sinaloa cartel in the 2000s.
Organized-crime-related competition in the city has driven a defined spike in homicides there since early last year.
The attack was also reportedly led by Alfredo Beltran Guzmán, “El Chapo” Guzmán’s nephew and the oldest son of Alfredo Beltran Leyva, the imprisoned head of the BLO, which was allied with the Sinaloa cartel until internal suspicions sparked a bloody feud in 2008.
In mid-August this year, the brief kidnapping of Guzmán’s sons by elements of the Jalisco New Generation cartel (CJNG) underlined the growing rivalry between Mexico’s two most powerful cartels.